Golspie ELC Celebrate Burns Day

For snack, we had haggis, neeps and tatties. We learnt that neeps are also called turnips and that tatties are really potatoes.

After snack, we had a special visit from a pupil who plays the Bagpipes at Golspie High School and he played “Amazing Grace” for us. The Bagpipes sounded a lot better than Julie pretending to play them. 

The boys and girls at Golspie ELC enjoyed celebrating and learning about Burns night.

– Julie Shaw, Golspie ELC Manager

The children of Golspie ELCC Have Been Learning About Dinosaurs.

The following blog post comes from Julie Shaw, Manager at Golspie ELC:


We have been learning about Dinosaurs and wanted to learn which dinosaur was the biggest out of a Triceratops, Velociraptor and T Rex. We looked in books to find out how tall they are, we used rulers, tape measures and then we laid in the floor to see how tall they are compared to us.

We learnt that a Velociraptor is as tall as one if us, a triceratops is as tall as 4 of us and the T-Rex is the biggest and is as big as 12 of us – Now that is big!!

We also wanted to learn how a dinosaur moves and if they give birth to a live baby or an egg. To find out how they moved we visited the local library to look on the internet and we found out that some dinosaurs walked on 2 legs whilst some walked on all fours and some could even fly and swim.

We found out that a dinosaur lays eggs and the baby dinosaur hatches out of the egg. We did an experiment using an egg and water. Then we waited 2 days for the magic to happen. Here are some photos of us doing out our experiment:


We have also learned about the different patterns and textures that can be found on a dinosaur, some have spots, stripes and zig zags. Some feel scaly and rough whilst some feel smooth, we used our toys dinosaurs to find this out.

We used saving foam, gloop, texture boards to make some of the patterns that we saw on them, we liked the shaving foam.


We then used a skipping rope to make the different shapes on the floor, we had to try and keep our balance when walking along the skipping rope this was very hard, so we helped each other by holding hands.


We learned a new dinosaur song. Here are the words:

Little Dinsosaurs

1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Dinosaurs

4 Little, 5 Little, 6 Little Dinosaurs

7 Little, 8 Little, 9 Little Dinosaurs

10 Dinosaurs go ROAR

We have enjoyed learning about Dinosaurs.

Golspie ELCC and Seaforth House – Time for a Cuppa

The following blog post was submitted by Julie Shaw, Golspie ELC Manager / Senior EY Practitioner:


The children and staff at Golspie ELC joined the residents of Seaforth House in an intergenerational fundraising event on Monday 6th March 2017 to help raise funds for Admiral Nurses. Admiral nurses help people who suffer from Dementia as well as giving support to their families.

Read the full report by clicking here [MS Word].

Time for a Cuppa – Hosted by Golspie ELCC and Seaforth House

The following blog post was submitted by Julie Shaw, Golspie ELC Manager:

Time for a Cuppa is a way of helping raise funds for Admiral Nurses who help support and care for families who are affected by dementia. As we have close links with Seaforth House we thought that this would be a lovely intergenerational fund raiser to do jointly with the residents of Seaforth House.

We have been liaising with Tracey Campbell to organise this and a mutual date of Monday 6th March has been agreed between 2pm and 3pm the venue for this event will be Seaforth House.

We will be sending out invitations for your child, you and other family members to attend this event as well as advertising this locally. If you would like to read more about this event, please click on the link below: – https://www.dementiauk.org/get-involved/time-for-a-cuppa-2017/


Golspie ELC Celebrate Burns Day

The following blog article was submitted by Julie Shaw, Golspie ELC Manager:


The children at Golspie ELC celebrated Burns Day and this is what they did.

Nicole (the centre’s Modern Apprentice) was very kind and brought in her chanter for us to have a go to see if we could play it.

It made a funny noise and we had to blow very hard.

We had a lovely snack which was haggis, neeps and tatties.

Most of the children tried the haggis, neeps and tatties and said that they liked it and some said that they were going to be having it for tea.

“It was nice”

After snack we had a special visit from a pupil at Golspie High School who played the bagpipes for us.

“It was very loud” “I liked listening to them”

After we said thank you and good bye to our visitor, we were allowed to have a go off playing the drums that they use in the school pipe band.


“There was a small one”

“There was a middle one”

“There was a big one”

“It was good fun playing them”

The boys and girls at Golspie ELC enjoyed celebrating Burns night.

Golspie ELCC Visit Seaforth House


The children of Golspie ELCC have paid a number of visits to Seaforth House (the local elderly care home), and enjoy a good relationship with the residents. They paid them a visit recently, where they had fun singing songs, eating pancakes and interacting with the residents.

Click here to download a report with more details of Golspie ELCC’s trip to Seaforth House.

Golspie ELCC End of Year Trip to Dunrobin Castle


For their end of year trip, Golspie ELCC paid a visit to Dunrobin Castle. A lot of fun was had exploring the castle gardens, watching a falconry display, and having a picnic in the gardens. Download a detailed report on their escapades by clicking the button below:

Click here to download the report

Easter Arts and Crafts And Our Visit To Seaforth House

The boys and girls at Golspie ELCC have been very busy making Easter Eggs using different art and craft materials.

We used balloons, glue, paper, paint, stickers and pens to make our eggs, this is how we made them.

We first blew up the balloons ready for us to cover in glue and paint (Papier Mache), this was very messy – we enjoyed doing this part.

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We then had to wait for the glue to dry over night before we could paint them.  We wanted to use orange, yellow, blue, red and green paint to make them bright and colourful.

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After the paint had dried we took the painted eggs (balloons) to Seaforth House (our Local Old Peoples Home) for the residents to help us decorate them.

We used a selection of Easter Stickers with rabbits, chicks, carrots and eggs on them.  Some of us even drew a nice picture on them, and glued on some feathers to help make them look pretty.

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After we decorated our eggs we then made Easter cards the ladies and men at Seaforth helped us to decorate them.

After we had finished our cards a nice lady called Tracey said that we could play in the garden, here are some photos of us playing.

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Before we left we sang some songs to the residents, then Tracey said that she had a present for all of us to say `Thank you` for visiting them, which was a crème egg each.



When we got back to Golspie ELCC we went on an Easter egg hunt with our crème eggs, this was really fun and we found them all hidden in our outside play area.


We wanted to say thank you to the Residents at Seaforth House for inviting us to spend some time with them, and thought they would like this fruit basket.


As we had made three eggs we thought that it would be nice to give Fiona a special Easter treat.  She was so surprised and pleased with her decorated egg

Here is a lovely picture of Fiona with her present


“Happy Easter Fiona, we hope you enjoy your present”.

The boys and girls at Golspie ELCC would like to wish you all a happy Easter.

-Fiona Morrison,

Burns at Golspie ELCC

AifL at Golspie Playgroup

Frozen Visitors at Golspie!